G.L., B.C., Canada
"Following the recommendations of Jini Patel-Thompson's book, "The IBD Remission Diet", I decided to undertake a six-week elemental diet using Absorb Plus. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 11 years old (I'm 27 now) and had managed to control the disease fairly well on my own, with minimal medical intervention, until a couple of years ago. Then, in 2002, I developed a dermatological complication called pyoderma gangrenosum, which resulted in erupting welts on my legs that were so painful, I couldn't even stand up. I was put on Prednisone, and other immuno-suppressants, to control the skin lesions. I have tried several times to wean myself off Prednisone, but my body is now pretty dependant on it, and I would experience nasty flare ups, both in my gut and on my legs.
I have been reluctant in the past to try elemental diets, not only because they seemed difficult to maintain, but because the quality of the products seemed very poor. Most mass-market elemental shakes contain high-fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients, and they taste awful. I am happy to say that I have been consuming Absorb Plus exclusively for 5 weeks now, with plans to start re-introducing solid food in a week's time. I won't say that it's been entirely easy, but I find Absorb Plus to be delicious (I mix half Vanilla, half Chocolate) and I am confident that I am getting good nutrition from a quality source. I continue to wean myself off Prednisone, and am looking forward to being drug free very soon. Absorb Plus has been an invaluable tool in my ongoing quest for good health."